The River

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naremoret_lecture_iconJames Naremore Presents

The River

  • 1951
  • Directed By: Jean Renoir
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 99 Minutes
  1. Sunday, October 16, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film The River

The film will be preceded by a short introduction by James Naremore, Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus in Communication and Culture, English, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University.


An adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Rumer Godden, The River was shot in India and is one of the most beautiful color films ever made. It tells a simple story of a colonial family (mostly women) and their relationships with Indians, but it is also a gentle, unsentimental, and moving meditation on the themes of memory, time, and geography. “The river runs,” a repeated phrase in the film, is a perfect expression of Renoir’s entire approach to cinema. In Bengali and English with English subtitles. (35mm Presentation)